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Home >> Burma Destinations >> Monywa

Monywa

Monywa is a town lies on the bank of Chindwin river, tucked away in the dry zone of Central Burma West of Mandalay. Although the area receives few foreign tourists, the town and surroundings are dotted with a number of unique sites.
The valley surrounding Monywa is full of busy farms, beautiful pagodas and small villages. The rural area is mainly prominently agricultural, with short-month crops as beans, palm sugar and cotton. Further west of the Chindwin river situated a large-scaled copper mine.

The local market in town offers locally produced food, fruit, handicrafts and textiles and are ideal places to buy any souvenirs that you need as well as to try some of the local dishes. Local people here use mainly motorbikes, bicycles and trishaws for daily work and transportation.

Monywa can be translated closely into “Miss pancake town”. A local legend says that in the past, there was a Prince visiting the village then met a girl selling fried pancakes whom he eventually married.

MONYWA ATTRACTIONS:

Thanboddhay Pagoda

Thanboddhay Pagoda

Bodhi Tataung Pagoda

Bodhi Tataung Pagoda

Phowin Hill

Phowin Hill

Shwe Gu Ni Pagoda

Shwe Gu Ni Pagoda

Twin Taung

Twin Taung

Shweba Hill

Shweba Hill

 

AROUND MONYWA:

Bagan

Bagan

Mandalay

Mandalay

Shwebo

Shwebo

Mrauk U

Mrauk U

 

MONYWA HOTEL SUGGESTIONS:

  • 3 star: Win Unity Resort
  • 2 star: Hotel Monywa, Hotel Chindwin

 

WHERE TO EAT

  1. Eureka Restaurant
  2. Aung Pan – Southeast food
  3. Shine’s Shine – Chinese food
  1. Pleasant Island Restaurant - Chinese food
  2. Yad Khel Taung Restaurant – Local food
  3. Night market – Local food

 

Other Information About Monywa

HOW TO GET TO MONYWA

By plane

Air services to Monywa can be easily arranged. Asian Wings Airways offers daily flights from Mandalay, departing at 12.40 pm and takes around 25 minutes to reach the destination, with the price at US$ 70. Air Bagan operates flights twice weekly from Yangon to Monywa (stop enroute in Mandalay).

By bus

Tourists can take a bus from Mandalay. This way would take around 4 hours and with the costs of 3000 Kyat per person. Either, you can reach Monywa from Bagan by bus or chartered taxi with estimated time of 3 hours and a half, costing 4000 Kyat per person.

By train

The train to Monywa departs Mandalay early in the morning at 5.20 am and takes about 6 hours. Tickets are sold at US$ 8 for ordinary class, US$ 15 for upper class.